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Meyerland Mod at 5254 Birdwood Rd. ~ Tour 6-2-24


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 Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Ferley were the original owners of this house. He was with D&D Drapery Company. This section of Meyerland was developed in the mid-1960s. The original plans haven't been located.  Details seem similar to houses designed by the architect William Wortham.

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June Mod of the Month


Houston Mod invites you this Sunday, June 2, 2024
for a Mod of the Month open house event from 2-4 PM.

 

Tour a thoughtfully preserved and updated vintage modern Meyerland house that is seeking a preservation-minded new owner. Meyerland is located about 11 miles southwest of downtown Houston and has a large concentration of mid-century houses.

Thanks to Houston MODern Market for sponsoring this FREE event. 

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5254 Birdwood Road, Houston, Texas 77096
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This attractively-designed vintage modern house is a worthy Meyerland survivor. Many appealing original details like terrazzo flooring and unpainted interior and exterior brick walls have been preserved. A thoughtfully-incorporated new construction addition creates an appealing environment that is spacious and free flowing.


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DOCOMOMO US Symposium May 29- June 1, 2024  Experience one of the country’s richest collections of mid-century and postmodern architecture as Docomomo US holds its National Symposium in Miami, Miami Beach, and Coral Gables. Entitled Streams of Modernity: Postwar to Postmodern, the symposium is a collaboration of Docomomo US and the Florida chapter.   Details here.

Member-Only Events  In April, Houston Mod members toured Architectural Gems in the Tyler and Longview area with architectural historian Stephen Fox.  The full schedule included residential, commercial and institutional sites with many "behind the scenes" and unexpected experiences specially organized for the group.  A unique connection was a number of the designs having ties to Houston-area architects. To be included in future invitations for member-only events, be sure you have renewed your membership for 2024. Email us to check.

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Houston Mod is dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of modern architecture and design in Houston and Texas and advocates the preservation of this cultural legacy, seeking support from its members and the general public in achieving this goal.  Houston Mod celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2023.

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Houston Mod is a friend organization of Docomomo US, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement. Docomomo US has been dedicated to this mission for nearly 25 years as a chapter of Docomomo International. A single US domestic membership may be added to any Houston Mod membership for the 50% discounted Friend Organization rate of $50.00. 

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